High school football: State College falls to Cumberland Valley

From CDT staff reportsNovember 2, 2013 

— Friday’s clash with Cumberland Valley couldn’t have started much better for State College.

After a big kick return, the Little Lions marched 54 yards in 3:22 to grab a 7-0 lead.

It would be the last time State College would lead.

The Eagles’ Wing-T rushing attack was too much for the State College defense as the Little Lions tumbled 39-26.

The loss locked State College (5-5) into the No. 2 spot for the coming District 6/9 playoffs. The Little Lions likely will host No. 3 Mifflin County (4-6) in the playoffs with the winner meeting No. 1 DuBois (6-4). All three teams lost on Friday. State College defeated Mifflin County 26-21 on Oct. 25.

Tyler Heisey ran for three short scores for Cumberland Valley (8-2) and Tyler Updegraff rushed for 205 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown burst.

Jordan Misher capped the opening drive for the Little Lions with a 3-yard touchdown run and Connor Pighetti’s extra point made it a quick 7-0 lead.

But Cumberland Valley methodically marched through the State College defense with Heisey scoring on a one-yard plunge. The Little Lions blocked the point after and led 7-6.

A poor kick return and a sack had the Little Lions back to their own 1-yard line and a 14-yard punt gave Cumberland Valley a short field. Heisey’s two-yarder made the score 12-7.

The Little Lions did but together a couple of good drives but turned the ball over on downs. Midway through the second quarter, they drove inside the 10, but failed on fourth down at the 8.

Just a few plays later, Updegraff burned them with his 87-yarder to make the score 19-7 at half.

Cumberland Valley got the ball to open the second half and marched on another scoring drive. Quarterback Chris Galbraith’s one-yard sneak made the score 25-7 as the Little Lions blocked the extra point.

Patrick Irwin fired a five-yard strike to John Weakland to make it 25-13. A trick play on the two-point conversion failed.

State College could get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

Heisey’s third score, another one-yarder, pushed the margin to 32-13 12 seconds into the final quarter.

Irwin’s three-yard run (the extra point was blocked) cut the margin to 32-19.

Cumberland Valley responded again. Tim Spinelli’s 30-yard dash pushed the lead to 39-19 with 7:17 remaining.

The Little Lions needed less than two minutes to score again, with Irwin going into the end zone from eight yards out with 5:34 to go.

State College never got the ball again as Cumberland Valley’s rushing attack ran out the clock.

The Eagles ran 50 times for a whopping 312 yards. Galbraith was also effective in the air, completing 6 of 8 attempts for 115 yards.

State College piled up 212 yards on 36 carries. Irwin (15-74), Misher (12-61) and Jake Knouse (4-53) were effective for the Little Lions.

Irwin completed 18 of 27 passes for 210 yards. His favorite target was Weakland, who had eight receptions for 91 yards.

Centre Daily Times is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service